About - Recruitment


General Manager

(Full time 37.5 hours per week)
Location: SAA-uk office, Mabgate, Leeds
£26-£30K Pro Rata plus Company Pension and Training

South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) is an innovative origination based in Leeds, established in 1997. We are renowned for excellence and pushing boundaries in how traditional and contemporary South Asian music and dance is performed.

What is the job?

  • The General Manager post has lead responsibility for operational management - this includes the delivery of the artistic programme and compliance;
  • The successful candidate is responsible for the operational aspects of the Company and are expected to work within the legal, financial, artistic and charitable aims and requirements of the company.

What we’re looking for 

  • An organised individual with an entrepreneurial spirit focused on excellent customer service to join our small, dynamic and busy team;
  • The candidate must have strong programme and project management skills and experience;
  • The candidate must have a strong attention to detail and always meeting high standards;
  • The candidate must have the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and able to meet deadlines;
  • The candidate must have an enthusiasm and strong desire to promote diverse Arts & Culture;
  • The candidate must be confident using IT and have an equally confident telephone manner;
  • The candidate must be able to prioritise and manage multiple tasks;
  • The candidate must have a clear commitment to providing excellent customer service and enjoy working in a lively, professional environment.

The successful candidate will be highly ethical (particularly in equality, confidentiality and professional due care), be highly organised and enjoy organising others.

Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd Apr 2019

Interviews: Thursday 2nd May 2019

Proposed start date: w/c 6th May 2019 or subject to successful candidate’s notice period

For an Application Pack on how to join this dynamic and creative team, download the following: Application Form / Application Pack

And please email the completed form to Jenny Atkinson: info@saa-uk.org

SAA-uk welcomes applications from all parts of the community and particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented in this area.  All appointments will be based on merit.


Generation 21 - 2x traineeships 

Investing today to develop the cultural leaders of tomorrow

(Full Time 37.5 hours per week)
Location: SAA-uk office, Mabgate, Leeds

We at SAA-uk are delighted to announce Generation 21, a 2-year programme designed to develop a new generation of Art professions from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds, who want to become innovative young practitioners, creatives and leaders in the arts and cultural sector.

What is Generation 21?

  • A traineeship for two years with a salary of £16,500 per year for a full-time role – 37.5 hours per week. With some evening and weekend work required;
  • The programme will run over 2 years, from May 2019 – May 2021;
  • The programme will give you a unique insight into and knowledge of the arts and cultural sector business models and a basic understanding of the ethics of leadership;
  • While the traineeships are based in our small, busy office in Leeds, you will also take place in a yearly placement with another nationally recognised organisation in the Yorkshire region, which will broaden your experience in an area relevant to your goals;
  • You will also have the support of a Personal Mentor who will provide bespoke feedback and support throughout the programme;
  • By the end of the two years, you will have a good understanding of cultural institutions. The skill-set gained will empower you to make a positive contribution to the UK’s cultural landscape and will allow you to be a strong contender for jobs in the creative industries.

What we’re looking for

  • We are looking for two young people (aged 18 - 30) from BAME backgrounds, who are interested in working in the Arts and creative sector;
  • Candidate must be committed to a full 2-year programme – this will also require a commitment to yearly placements in other arts organisations;
  • Candidate must be passionate about arts and culture, with a vision for its future impact in the Yorkshire region and the wider UK;
  • Candidate must be a driven individual with a keen desire to work towards art leadership in the long term;
  • Candidate must understand the cultural nuances as well as art forms of South Asia;
  • Candidate must have an interest or knowledge of diverse classical and contemporary performing arts including South Asian music and dance;
  • Candidate must be able to manage multiple priorities to the high standard of organisation and efficiency;
  • Candidate must be a self-starter and be pro-active in their approach to work.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 16th April 2019, 5 p.m.

INTERVIEWS: 22nd-26th April 2019

To apply please send a CV and cover letter at

info@saa-uk.org or to SAA-uk, MILL ONE, Ground Floor North, Mabgate Mills, Leeds LS9 7DZ

These posts are advertised in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 Section 159 and are addressing the lack of representation of BAME practitioners in the Arts.

For more info on how to join this dynamic and creative team, please email Jenny Atkinson at info@saa-uk.org 



South Asian Arts-uk is looking for passionate, professional and highly committed individuals to join our Board of Trustees, to re-invigorate and take forward our charitable cause and ambitions.

South Asian Arts-uk (SAA-uk) is a centre of excellence in Indian Classical Music and Dance. For over 20 years this registered Charity has focused on educating, celebrating and promoting South Asian classical music and dance, making a significant contribution to the UK cultural landscape and the preservation and evolution of these ancient artforms.

South Asian Arts-uk’s mission is to enrich people's lives through engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary South Asian music and dance. We believe South Asian Arts are integral to the UK’s cultural diversity and deserve to be championed.

The work of South Asian Arts-uk is made possible by direct support from Arts Council England, local authorities led by a close and sustained relationship with Leeds City Council, academy class fees and the box office income from its audiences. South Asian Arts-uk is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity and for developing its aims and objectives.

Ideally, we are looking for Individuals who have attended South Asian Arts-uk’s events or are passionate about the arts and its potential to impact an individual or community through engagement. The organisation’s fundamental belief is that everyone has the right to experience the rich arts and cultural offer.
Board meetings take place once every three months (4 times a year) and last approximately 2 hours. One board and staff away-day takes place once every two years.

Joining the board is an exciting and rewarding experience, which offers the opportunity to support this unique organisation to grow and become imbedded in the arts and culture scene of England.

For more information please download the board recruitment pack



Becoming a part of SAA-uk is all about empowering others through the arts. You will be part of small team governed by a very supportive Board and we are all part of a large big hearted extended family made up of participants, artists, volunteers and audiences.

Employees have the opportunity to contribute to the over arching Mission of the charity through the skills and expertise that they bring, while developing new skills, knowledge and experience in and about working in the arts sector.

You have the unique opportunities:

  • to gain a deeper understanding of diversity
  • to develop your own creative potential
  • give something back to the community

SAA-uk is an equal opportunites employer and operates a safer recruitment policy.

Testimonial by Eleanor Jones – University Leeds School Music

Ellie JonesOver the past 9 months I have been working as the Education and Outreach Intern at SAA-uk. Applying to work with SAA-uk was one of the best decisions I have ever made and throughout the placement I have grown both professionally and personally. Working as part of such a small team has enabled me to learn about many different aspects of how an organisation is run and also allowed me to really make a difference. Jemma and the whole team have been wonderful and really supportive to help me get the most out of my time with SAA-uk. They have allowed me to work things out for myself but always been on hand if I need extra support.

As well as developing my professional skills such as: marketing, public speaking, organisation and planning, initiative and team working to name a few, I have also matured a great deal and found that my self-confidence and cultural awareness have grown exponentially.

I have really loved working for SAA-uk this year and know that the knowledge I have learnt will help me enormously wherever my future career takes me.

Thank you SAA-uk! X